Name_______________________ Student ID # _____________________
1. (10 Pts.) Choose
one commensal member of the family Muridae and explain consequences of
this association with humans. Speculate on reasons why murids in
particular have been so successful in adapting to human stuctures.
2. (10 Pts.) In contrast to American lagomorphs in the genus Sylvilagus,
the European rabbit Oryctolagus cunniculus has become a huge problem
species in many parts of the world. Mention at least one reason for this
difference based on your knowledge of the natural history of both groups.
What method of biological control has been employed to control populations
of the European rabbit?
3. (10 Pts.) Illustrate what Kenyan zoologist Jonathan Kingdon (1997)
meant when he stated that the "Viverridae [civets, genets etc.] are to
carnivores what lemurs are to the higher primates".
4. (10 pts.) Briefly compare the two otter species in North America
(north of Mexico) with regard to their anatomy, habitat, diet, behavior,
5. (10 pts.) In what way are lions (Panthera leo) unique among
the big cats?
6. (10 pts.) Discuss some of the pros and cons of being a weasel-shaped
7. (10 pts.) Steller's sea cow (Hydrodamalis gigas) was a
unique member of the order ________________ and family __________________
because of its ________________ distribution and ______________ size. This
species probably went extinct due to _________________ and because, by
the time it was discovered, it already existed only in ________________
8. (15 pts.) Contrast the three families of the Perissodactyla (odd-toed
ungulates) with regard to distribution, cursorial adaptation, and conservation
status in the wild.
9. (5 pts.) Briefly compare feeding adaptations of the two cetacean
suborders Odontoceti and Mysticeti.
10. (5 pts.) Describe adaptations of the aardvark (Orycteropus
afer) and the ecological importance of this order for other large mammals
11. (5 pts.) Choose one example of a North American migratory ungulate
and illustrate the function of large mammal migrations.
12. (5 pts) Examine the phylogenetic tree of the Family Ursidae below
from O'Brien (1987) and suggest a more current solution regarding the relationship
of the Giant panda (Ailuropodus melanoleuca) and the Lesser panda
(Ailurus fulgens) to the bear and the raccoon families using a similar
tree diagram (don't worry about the evolutionary timing).
13. (5 pts.) Describe some of the anatomy & utility of the elephant